The Erie County Department of Planning serves as a resource for Erie County’s 38 municipalities.
The department, which operates as part of the county executive’s administration under the oversight of the director of administration, in 2016 conducted a Municipalities Matter study, which allowed the county’s cities, boroughs and townships the opportunity to identify their needs.
The Department of Planning used that survey to prioritize its collaborations with municipalities. Currently, the department is working with the City of Erie, Millcreek Township and Summit Township on their comprehensive plans, and has worked with Venango Township on developing a model zoning ordinance as well as LeBoeuf Township, Union Township and Union City Borough on updating their zoning codes.
Director Kathy Wyrosdick and her team also coordinate and administer the programs for agricultural preservation and coastal resources. They coordinate the Erie MPO Metropolitan Transportation Planning process and are working to create Erie County’s Cultural Heritage Plan. The Erie County Recycling Program also operates out of the Department of Planning.
Did you know? The Department of Planning oversees the Erie County Greenways program, which has awarded more than $844,828 and leveraged an additional investment of more than $1.8 million for public resources throughout the county.